I’ve recently realized that I have a knack for packing light. No matter where I go or how long I’ll be gone, I never bring more than one suitcase (including when I went to Switzerland for eight months). I decided that I should share some of my ideas, so here a few tips on how to pack light.
A year ago today, I was at LAX, boarding a plane to Switzerland to start my amazing eight-month study abroad experience. I know this is going to sound cliché, but this was the most life-changing experience I’ve had thus far. I definitely think people should take the opportunity to do so, and so here are ten reasons to study abroad.
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Thousands and thousands of tourists come to the Hawaiian island of Oahu each year. However, most of the time, they end up spending most (if not all) of their time at tourist traps. Here are five tourist traps on Oahu, and some alternatives, so you can actually experience some local favorites.
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Obviously, I’m still pretty new at this whole travel blogging thing. I mean, I love doing it, but I still have a lot to improve on. A LOT. To try to learn how to get better, I’ve been reading a bunch of travel blogs and online magazines, and here are a few of my favorites.
It was July 18, 2017, and we had just docked at Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. We headed on the bus – all four of us – with several others and our guides, Claude and – well, I don’t remember what the other one’s name was. I only remember Claude, because he was telling us all a bunch of lies, like how the trees in Nova Scotia turn blue in the fall or that he met Charles de Gaulle and he was nearly seven feet tall. Lies.
After an hour and a half of Claude and what’s-his-name’s nonsense, we reached our destination: the trailhead to Uisage Ban Falls.
I’ve always thought that my blog was different from the thousands of other travel blogs out there. My goal has been to try to show the adventures that you can have in every day life, not just when you leave your home. I’ve been convinced that every single city, town, or village out there has something to do. But then I went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and my belief was put to the test. I could not find things to do in Pittsburgh.
Sometimes when you come back home from a trip (or, in my case, a year of study abroad), your hometown may seem a little boring. What happened to the adventure every day? Seeing new sites? Eating weird foods? Talking to cool people? It seems like all of that is gone. Since I’ve been back, I’ve tried to keep that spirit of adventure alive. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find new, adventurous things to do, and here are the best ways to find some. Hopefully, with these tips, you’ll be able to explore your home too!
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This past weekend, a group of my friends and I spontaneously decided to road trip up to the Bay Area, just because we felt like it. We did it “for the lols” – and I didn’t regret it for even a second. So here are just a few reasons to take a spontaneous road trip.
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It was time for me to take on my third continent of the year: Africa. We were off to a country that was a blend of languages, foods, and cultures. We were off to Morocco! But little did we know, we were about to experience a Moroccan sandstorm – but literally and metaphorically.
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Ending my abroad experience in Switzerland has arguably been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to endure. I’ve only been gone for three days, and for some reason I already miss the sound of the trains rushing by and the ridiculously expensive food that constantly had me checking the balance of my bank account.
Now I’ve realized that I can’t glance out my window and see the French Alps across the lake. I’ve realized that my default foreign language of French is no longer helpful. I’ve realized that all the customs that shocked me at the beginning are ones that I’ve grown to love. I’ve realized that I can’t just hop on a train with my half-pass and voie 7 and travel to basically any country in Europe.
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